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Aromatic Chicken

Serves 4

Preparation time – 30 mins

Cooking time – 35 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp mild paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 500g chicken breast, cubed weight
  • 1300ml warm chicken stock
  • 200ml boiling water
  • 250g pack dried apricots, halved
  • 300g Merchant Gourmet giant couscous
  • 200g fine green beans
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested and half juiced

Method:

  1. Coat the chicken in all the spices, and leave to marinade for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium pan and cook the onion for 3-4 minutes on a gentle heat until softened.
  3. Add the chicken and fry for a further 3 minutes.
  4. Pour in half of the stock, bring to the boil then cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the apricots, giant couscous and remaining stock and simmer for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure the couscous doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add the beans and boiling water and cook with the lid on for a further 5 minutes until the beans are cooked to an al dente texture.
  7. Season with salt and pepper, lemon juice, and then sprinkle the chopped coriander and lemon zest on top.
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